Eager shoppers gathered outside a Prestwich store this morning to celebrate the opening of a Home Bargains.

Customers shared their delight after seeing the newly renovated store which has been rebranded from a Quality Save to a Home Bargains.

Bury Times: Staff outside the new store

The shop opened at 8am this morning and attracted a small crowd of regular shoppers who were happy to catch up with staff members and explore the store's new look.

Store manager, Dan Bond, said: “We are super excited.

Bury Times: Store Manager, Dan Bond

“We have converted the Quality Save store to a Home Bargains brand and we are really looking forward to delivering that to the residents and community of Prestwich.

“Everyone is quite pleased so far and especially thrilled about the fresh and chilled section which we didn’t have previously.”

Bury Times: Opening of the new store

A younger customer was selected to cut the ribbon on the new store.

He said he had been excited for the opening since he found out and had been waiting outside the store, for the grand opening, before 8am.

Bury Times: Emma handing out sweets to customers

He added that the ice lollies and new flavours of Fanta had caught his eye and he would be going back again with his mum later in the day.

One of the customers said they had concerns ahead of the change that staff would be lost, however, all team members have been retained and they were happy to catch up with workers.

Bury Times: New Home Bargains, Prestwich

New Home Bargains store opening after quick shop change

Mr Bond said: “During the transition period we have been able to retain all of the team and they have come on the journey to becoming a home bargains with us.

Bury Times: New Home Bargains, Prestwich

“It is great because there are lots of familiar faces for customers to see and recognise.”

Bury Times: New Home Bargains, Prestwich

Staff have also been handing free sweets to shoppers around the Longfield Centre to spread the news of the “grand opening”.

Bury Times: New Home Bargains, Prestwich

The changes to the store come after Quality Save was sold to TJ Morris, owner of Home Bargains, in January this year.

Since then, its stores have been undergoing a rebranding process.